FURTHER SUPPORT FROM COW COMMONERS TRUST
We are delighted to announce that the football club has received a further boost from our landlords the Cow Commoners Trust. The trustees have notified the club that they are going to allow a rent free period to 29 September to follow on from allowing a rent free period to 25 June. For the full story please click here.
Our third monthly online 50/50 draw is due to take place on Wednesday 3rd June at 7.45pm. We have already sold over 400 tickets and I am sure there will be a big increase in sales in the next few days. You can purchase tickets online by clicking here. Don’t forget you have a chance to win a big prize while also helping Hitchin Town to survive the Coronavirus pandemic and supporting our local NHS charity. Remember that you can watch the draw live on our twitter feed.
GROUND REPORT BY STEVE BARKER
The pitch is coming on well despite the hot dry weather and had another cut this week with the cuttings being taken off.
The germination sheets were removed and the grass underneath was cut and more seed applied before some sheets were put back on to keep the ground moist after watering to assist germination.
A mower was taken away for servicing to have the cutter deck bearings replaced and blades sharpened.
Next Saturday we hope to start replacing the broken perimeter fence by the pylon to the left of the main stand with materials that were left over after the dugout side fence was replaced last season and this will really tidy that corner up.
Thanks again to all the ground staff for their continued help whilst maintaining social distancing.
This week after the Instagram work-out with ex-student Brodie Couzens the question and answer session was with Jamal Lowe. Jamal played 19 games on loan for Hitchin in the 2013-14 season and has gone on to play 103 games for Portsmouth scoring 25 goals and is currently at Wigan where he has scored 3 goals in 37 games. So our college lads continue to get access to members of the football family who can offer great advice. Next week Ben Wilmot, son of our former keeper Richard and currently on loan at Swansea from Watford will be the guest.
STEVE KIMBERLEY UPDATE
There is excellent news of Steve the joint manager of our social club who continues his recovery from Coronavirus. He recently had an x-ray at the Lister Hospital which showed his body was now clear of pneumonia which he had contracted along with a chest infection when he had Coronavirus. Steve told me on Thursday that his breathing has now improved. He can sleep comfortably and is now walking much longer distances. He sounded far more positive and optimistic than at any time since being released from hospital and even feels that he will be ready to return to work when the social club is allowed to reopen.
MARK BURKE CHRONICLES
Part three of Mark’s Chronicles will be put online in the next few days. We are just doing the final editing and it will feature the 1986/87 season with a unique insight from keeper Tony Luff in to a remarkable incident that saw Tony sent off for punching his own player!
BY ROY IZZARD